Tour de France: Dumoulin wins stage 13 time trial in Pont-d'Arc

With the previous day's attack on the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, which reportedly killed at least 84 people, it was a sombre day at stage 13 of the Tour de France. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the 37km time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andéol to Pont-d'Arc. He covered the lumpy course in 50:15, beating Chris Froome (Team Sky) by 1:03 and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) by 1:31.

It was Dumoulin's second stage victory at the Tour de France, after attacking his breakaway companions in the finale of stage 9 to Andorra, but he spoke about the day being both saddened by the incident in Nice and the tough decision the event and riders had in starting the stage.

"It was a just question whether we should race or not today," Dumoulin said. "In the end, it was a just decision to race because we can't let terrorists rule our lives in our society. It's terrible what happened and overshadows the day a lot. So you're speaking to a man with two sides to his face today. Of course I'm happy with the win, but at the same time my thoughts are with everyone involved in the horrific attacks in Nice."

Froome proved to be the strongest of the overall contenders and built his lead out to 1:47 over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and 2:45 over Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), who both put forth strong time trial performances.

Event officials changed the traditional podium presentation following the time trial in honour of the tragic attack in Nice. All jersey holders walked on stage together to display the jerseys and show their solidarity. There were no sponsors presented or podium music, only a moment of silence.

"I think it was good that we stand together," Froome said. "Things have been put into perspective here for us. Of course, I'm happy with how the time trial went, but really the atmosphere here is sad and everyone's hearts are with those affected down in Nice. It's a special place for me also, close to my home base, and I can't image what those people are going through down there."

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How it unfolded

Event staff, teams and riders at stage 13 of the Tour de France were saddened and in disbelief by the attack in Nice, many who have close ties to the city, where a lorry drove into the crowded street celebrations killing at least 84 and wounding an additional 202, while 25 are reported to be on life support and 52 in critical condition.

Event director Christian Prudhomme addressed security concerns but ultimately decided that the race must go on, saying, "The stage goes ahead, the Tour will continue in dignity. We will not give in to people who want to change our way of life."

Dumoulin commented on the decision to race the time trial following the attack, saying, "This morning I woke up with the terrible news from Nice, and it was a big question if the team would start. I think it was a good decision [to start], in general, these terrorists cannot decide our lives. I think it's good that we showed that we are the modern world and we don't say yes to these attacks."

And so the race continued on. The time trial was not underestimated as an opportunity for the overall contenders to gain (or lose) time on one another, and for the time trial specialists to pick up a stage win at the biggest race in the world.

The event was 37km, beginning with Bourg-Saint-Andéol and ending in La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, routed along the Gorges de l'Ardèche on the banks of Rhône.

It was a challenging test with a seven-kilometre climb that started almost right off the ramp. It travelled up to the Plateau du Laoul and descended the Col du Serre into the gorge. The descent offered a technical component to the race, suited to the risk takers among the time triallists. Riders then climbed out of the gorge along a five-kilometre finish ascent to Pont-d'Arc.

Nelson Oliveira had initially posted the fastest time but that wouldn't last long as Dumoulin, who showed his capability in the mountains last year at the Vuelta a Espana, this year at the Giro d'Italia, and in Andorra this week, stormed through with a phenomenal time of 50:15, over a minute and half faster than Oliveira.

Dumoulin said he decided to use a disc wheel during the time trial, even with the 40-50 km/h gusts of wind. "If you want to win you have to take risks," he said. "The wind was difficult and hard to cope with, I could have ridden with a three-spoke wheel, and one moment was tricky and I almost went off the road, but in general it was a smooth ride."

The course was expected to be a challenge for the traditionally powerful time triallists like Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), who ended up feeling disappointed with his time, which was 2:05 slower than Dumoulin.

"After two weeks, of course, every power output counts, maybe I was too tired from yesterday," Martin said. "A the top [of the climb] I felt good and as if I could really go, but I suffered on the climb. It's hard to analyse two weeks into the race. I think I was OK, but my power was maybe not the best. The wind was stronger than when I previewed the course in the morning. It's not an excuse but it's interesting to analyse."

All eyes were on the last 16 riders to roll off the starting ramp with the likes of Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), Fabio Aru (Astana), Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) and yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Porte had a fast start, marked at ten seconds off of Dumoulin's time check at the top of the Côte de Bourg-Saint-Andéol (30.34km to go). Although Porte's opening times were quick he ended up losing just over three minutes to Dumoulin.

"I couldn't hear anything on the radio. It was so windy out there and I didn't know what the times were out there. It hurt like hell, to be honest, and yesterday, with the motorbike [crash on Mont Ventoux] doesn't help either. I'm a little bit sore. It's disappointing. I'm sure the race is not over yet."

Quintana also had a disappointing ride finishing 3:08 behind Dumoulin, but more importantly losing 2:05 to Froome.

Mollema, on the other hand, had a very strong performance posting the sixth fastest time at 1:57 behind Dumoulin, and calling it the "time trial of his life." The result stood out among the other general classification men.

As for Froome, he started out strong with the sixth best time at the first time check, 17 seconds slower than Dumoulin, and much faster than his GC rivals.

He continued to show that he was by far the best of the general classification riders on course. At the next time check he was 47 seconds slower than Dumoulin, but still even faster than his rivals.

There was no slowing down for Froome who finished second on the day 1:03 off of Dumoulin's stage-winning time, but far ahead of his direct competitors in the hunt for the yellow jersey.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:50:15
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:01:03
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:01:31
4Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:35
5Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:41
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:54
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:02:00
8Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:02
9Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:05
10Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:02:24
11Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:02:31
12Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:02:32
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:02:34
14Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling0:02:38
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:48
16Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:50
17Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:01
18Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:07
20Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:08
21Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team0:03:13
23Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:03:15
24Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:03:23
25Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:29
26Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:35
27Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:41
28Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:48
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:52
30Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:04:06
32Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:08
33Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:10
34Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:04:17
35Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:04:22
36Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:25
38Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:04:29
39Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:04:38
40Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:04:42
41Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:43
42Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:04:46
43Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:49
44Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:04:52
45Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:57
46Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:58
47Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:06
48Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:05:10
49Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:11
50Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:23
51Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:26
53Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchange0:05:27
54Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:05:30
55Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:31
56Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:05:32
57Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:37
58Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:40
59Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:41
60Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchange0:05:43
61Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:49
62Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:50
63Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:05:51
65Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling0:05:52
66Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:55
67Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 66 - Cell 2
68Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:56
69Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team0:06:01
70Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:04
71Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:06:06
72Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:08
73Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:13
75Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:06:14
76Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:06:15
77Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:06:17
79Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:06:20
80Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:06:21
81Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:06:22
82Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:06:23
83Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 82 - Cell 2
84Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:32
85Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 84 - Cell 2
86Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:33
87Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha0:06:34
88Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:40
91Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:06:41
92Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:43
93Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:47
94Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:06:48
95Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:06:49
96Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:06:51
98William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:06:57
99Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:00
100Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:05
101Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:07:07
102Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:07:09
103Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:11
104Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:07:15
107Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:07:19
109Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:20
110Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 109 - Cell 2
111Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:07:21
112Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:22
113Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 112 - Cell 2
114Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:25
115Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:07:27
116Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:07:28
118Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:07:30
119Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:07:33
120Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:07:39
123Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:41
124Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 123 - Cell 2
125Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:07:47
126Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:07:48
127Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:50
129Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:51
131Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:07:52
132Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - MeridaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:54
134Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:07:56
135Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:07:58
136Alberto Losada (Spa) Team KatushaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:08:01
138Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:08:07
139Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:08
140André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:08:11
141Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:14
142Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:08:16
143Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:08:18
144Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:08:21
145Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:08:23
146Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:08:26
147Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:08:31
149Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 148 - Cell 2
149Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 149 - Cell 2
151Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:32
152John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:08:34
153Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team0:08:36
154Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 153 - Cell 2
155Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:08:37
156Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 155 - Cell 2
157Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:08:38
158Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 157 - Cell 2
159Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:08:39
160Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:08:40
161Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step0:08:42
162Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha0:08:43
163Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:08:50
164Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale-Drapac0:08:52
165Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 164 - Cell 2
166Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:08:55
167Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - Merida0:08:59
168Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 167 - Cell 2
169Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:09:04
170Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:09:05
171Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:14
172George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:09:17
173Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 172 - Cell 2
174Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:09:20
175Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:09:28
176Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:38
177Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:09:40
178Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:09:44
179Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:50
180Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:10:07
181Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:10:08
182Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:18
183Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling0:10:25
184Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:10:37
185Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:42
186Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:11:01
187Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:11:18
DNFEdward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 187 - Cell 2
Row 188 - Cell 0 Row 188 - Cell 1 Row 188 - Cell 2
DNSThibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 189 - Cell 2
Row 190 - Cell 0 Row 190 - Cell 1 Row 190 - Cell 2
DNSSimon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 191 - Cell 2
Row 192 - Cell 0 Row 192 - Cell 1 Row 192 - Cell 2
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin20pts
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 185Row 10 - Cell 3
12Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:53:16
2Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:40
4Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:01:21
5Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:56
7Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:57
8Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:02:09
9Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:31
10Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:39
11Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:40
12Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team0:03:00
13Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:03:40
14Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:14
15Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:04:18
16Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:04:26
17Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:04:29
18Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:04:47
19Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:50
20Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida0:04:51
21Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:53
22Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:00
23Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:22
24Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:05:36
25Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:05:37
26Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:05:38
27Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:06:49
28Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:07:36
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